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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 ($249.99 direct) can slip into your pocket and capture sharp images in all kinds of light—a rare feat for a pocket camera. The 18-megapixel point-and-shoot squeezes a 10x zoom lens into a svelte body, and even lets you capture high-resolution stills and 1080i60 video simultaneously. Serious shooters may be turned off by its control layout, but the small camera is quite appealing to more casual photogs. As such, it ousts the Canon PowerShot Elph 310 HS ($259.99, 4 stars) as our Editors' Choice compact point-and-shoot camera. The tiny WX150 is available in black, red, silver, and blue finishes. It measures just 2.25 by 3.75 by 0.9 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.7 ounces. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 ($199.99, 3 stars), another compact camera with a 10x zoom lens, is about the same weight, but slightly larger at 2.4 by 3.9 by 0.9 inches. The 3-inch display has a 460k-dot resolution—it's not as crisp as the 921k-dot panel found on the Nikon Coolpix P310 ($329.95, 4 stars), but it's bright, and you can see detail in images when reviewing them.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 is a bit of surprise. Last year, Sony's high-end 10x zoom camera, the HX7V, though pocketable, was still a chunk of camera. The WX150, on the other hand, gets the same zoom range -- 25mm to 250mm -- but in a slimmer, smaller, lighter body. It's actually so small, Sony bumped it from its high-zoom H-series models, and it's now with the W-series ultracompacts. However, making cameras smaller usually comes with compromises to something else, be it performance, photo quality, or functionality. That was the case with Canon's PowerShot Elph 520 HS. That's not the case here, though, and that's what's kind of surprising; it's an ultracompact megazoom that's worth seeking out. It's not perfect, but for its price and size, it's an excellent choice if you're after a very pocket-friendly snapshooter with some extra zoom. Overall, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 produces very good photos both indoors and out. At lower ISOs, you can definitely get shots that look good printed up to 10x13 and they stand up to a little enlarging and cropping. That's probably more than most people need, but it also means that the occasional 8x10 isn't out of the question.
The Sony WX150 falls in the middle of the 2012 Cyber-shot lineup. It's built around a better sensor and longer zoom range than Sony's lower-end ultracompacts, but isn't burdened with any high-end bloat like GPS, WiFi, or a touchscreen. It's a straightforward point-and-shoot for casual, novice, and generally easy-going photographers, and ends up being a strong value for the money as a result. Read on to see how it stacks up to the competition. The Sony WX150 will be available in mid-May for $249 in black, silver, red, and blue shades. The WX150 is a good-looking camera—less striking than some Cyber-shots, but as usual with Sony cameras, the designers put at least a bit of thought into the aesthetics: the “brushed plastic” front panel, the big LCD, the electric blue and vibrant red shades. The optical components are a solid base to build from, including an 18.2-megapixel backside illuminated sensor and a 10x (25-250mm equivalent) Sony G lens. The WX150 comes equipped with an f/3.3-5.9, 4.45-44.5mm (25-250mm equivalent) 10x-zoom Sony G lens. It extends about 0.75 inches from the body at the wide-angle setting and about 1.5 inches at the telephoto setting.